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Vonage Has No Workaround

April 16, 2007

Apparently the Verizon patents are sufficiently broad as to not allow Vonage to have a workaround. This according to the USA Today. I was wondering myself how a workaround could take place on these patents as they seem to cover what the whole industry does and has been doing prior to Verizon even filing for the patents.   It would seem that if these patents are not overturned then Verizon will have a good deal of leverage over a variety of other VoIP companies as well.   In addition this issue could theoretically cause trouble for communications equipment providers.   Verizon is probably smart enough to pick on companies that are so small they aren’t a big enough threat to the patents they hold. But this story is far from over.

Huawei

April 18, 2007

I recently had a meeting with Huawei executives and they have grand plans. The company is a leading Chinese equipment provider and moreover has a surprisingly large suite of products ranging from EVDO cards for laptops to WiMAX and optical networking equipment.   In fact a look at the company’s product portfolio shows there are few products lacking from their arsenal. You name it and they seem to make it… Cell phones, DSL, 3G and FTTX are just a few other examples of where they excel.   Currently 60% of their business is international in nature while China accounts for the remainder of their business. They told me Europe and Asia are their fastest growing markets at the moment while in the US they have 20 customers and networks in 25 states.   An area which they hope to lead is in IMS and FMC solutions and they think they have the background in related technologies to be able to become the world leader in both.   Meeting with the company’s executives gives a fresh perspective on how Chinese companies differ from American ones.

InfoWorld on Patent Reform

April 20, 2007

More on The VoIP Patent Mess

April 20, 2007

A number of people in the telecom industry tell me they have looked at the Verizon patents being used against Vonage and they say they have been doing the things that are claimed in the patents before Verizon filed. My sources further claim in some cases there are patents which have been granted to companies which conflict with the patents which Verizon has. Of course this is not unusual but no one has anything to gain from suing Verizon to get the phone company’s patents overturned. They would only do this if they are sued and this won’t happen as Verizon is too smart to sue companies that can overturn their own patents.

Bad Vonage News

April 20, 2007

Andy Abramson on Verizon Patents

April 20, 2007

Vonage Free to Compete

April 25, 2007

Ed Whitacre Jr.

April 27, 2007

Congratulations to Ed Whitacre Jr. for building a great big telecommunications company from an assortment of smaller ones. Certainly in this case the sum was greater than the parts.   Ed is about to retire and he can consider this my retirement present.   While I have perhaps had a rant or two over the years about net neutrality comments made by Mr. Whitacre, there is not a single person who can deny this man has achieved greatness in the world of communications and technology.   Ed Whitacre Jr. put AT&T back together again and left it in great shape.   The Board of Directors has chosen Randall L. Stephenson, AT&T's chief operating officer, to succeed Whitacre as chairman and CEO.   Randall has tremendous shoes to fill and it may be very tough to keep AT&T’s massive momentum going without even more acquisitions. These could consist of content plays such as perhaps satellite radio, internet companies and even advertising networks. Yahoo!

Vonage Has Better Quarter

May 10, 2007

While the NJ based VoIP company had a better quarter than a year ago, they are still working on the “workaround” which will keep them from infringing on the Verizon patents.   "We believe we have workable designs for the two name translation patents and intend to begin deploying the solution to our customers shortly. In addition, we are continuing our development of the workaround for the wireless patent,” Vonage CEO Jeffrey Citron stated.   If the company is able to really come up with such workarounds can they resell them to others? Could the workarounds be patented already by another company who is out for blood? I tell you… This IP communications market is a thrill a minute.

GIPS News

May 15, 2007

Global IP Solutions, the company formerly known as Global IP Sound is well known as the company providing VoiceEngine technology. Their products enable communications for millions of users each day as their technology is found in Skype, WebEx and others.   Today at the Communications Developer Conference the company announced a new version of one of their their VoIP embedded media processing solutions. The new product is called VoiceEngine Multimedia Lite and according to Matt Benkoil, the GIPs development community director, it combines the power and performance of GIPS VoiceEngine with high quality video conferencing support.   I am actually working pretty early for California and this news comes to me in the form of a press release so I am not able to ask the company any questions. If I could I would ask what makes the software “lite.” I would imagine the software perhaps has less functionality and takes less processing power than the regular version of the product.   If/when I find out more I will update this post.
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